Remarks as prepared for Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo.
I am Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo. Standing here with me is Deputy Chief Philip Rivera, the Executive Officer of Manhattan North, Deputy Chief Brian McGee the Manhattan North Chief of Detectives and Captain Aneudy Castillo the Commanding Officer of the 26th Precinct.
The information I am about to provide is preliminary and subject to change as this incident is only a few hours old.
Earlier this evening at 06:50 p.m., police were called to one Saint Nicholas Terrace for reports of a person shot. Upon arrival both uniformed and plain clothes officers made their way to an apartment on the fifth floor. A sergeant approached the apartment, which had its door open, and observed a female laying on the ground. The sergeant called out to an individual, later identified as the suspect, who was engaged in a violent struggle on the ground with another male. The suspect was given numerous verbal commands to show the officers his hands. The suspect armed with a knife attempted to stab the male. The sergeant then discharged his service weapon striking the suspect in the torso. The suspect was taken into custody and the officers immediately called for an ambulance, medical assistance was called for.
The suspect (male, 44-years-old) was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Also pronounced at the scene by EMS was a 45-year-old female victim. The owner of the apartment, a 39-year-old male, was taken to an area hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Also in the apartment was a 41-year-old female who was uninjured and speaking to detectives.
Again, this incident is only a few hours old and I can take a few questions.
The investigation remains ongoing.
All charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1–800–577–TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1–888–57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers‘ website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All tips will be kept strictly confidential.